Middle East studies in the News
Obama's Skewer- the-Messenger Strategy [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Andrea Shea King
Socialist and community activist Saul Alinksy taught organizers to ridicule opponents when the arguments of their opponents could not be refuted by logic, evidence or argument. He advocated denying the truth or just plain lying. In Alinksy's world, the end always justified the means.
Alinsky's acolytes on the left have learned the lesson well. Because they dare not address the questions raised, they attack the one asking the questions.
Supporters of Barack Obama are in paroxysms over Jerome R. Corsi's best-seller "The Obama Nation," attacking the 304-page book and its author on minor details contained within its pages, while deliberately ignoring and obfuscating the larger points Corsi makes about Obama's questionable alliances, practices and qualifications for president.
During an interview I did with Dr. Corsi on my radio program Aug. 9, he said there are questions Obama must answer or he won't get elected:
I want the reader to understand that it is not accidental that I'm able to pin Barack Obama down as an extreme socialist or leftist, because Obama gives me enough clues in his own writings that I know exactly what it means.
The Obama campaign has mounted a full court press with a 40-page rebuttal designed to discredit Corsi's exhaustive examination of the Democrat candidate's record in "The Obama Nation," a book that debuted Aug. 1 at No. 1 on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list and is already ranked No. 1 at Amazon.com.
But the report, titled "Unfit for Publication" (a play on the title of Corsi's previous best-seller "Unfit for Command") ignores the book's core issues – Corsi's legitimate questions about Obama that the author meticulously documents in the book's nearly 700 footnotes.
For example, is or has Obama ever been Muslim? And if so, why does he deny it?
Corsi writes that the study of Islam was mandatory in all Indonesian educational institutions, including pre-primary schools, and points to a March 2007 interview New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof did with Obama about his Islamic education.
After acknowledging that he once got in trouble for making faces during Quran study classes in his elementary school in Indonesia, Obama recited for Kristof the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer.
During our radio interview, Corsi said, "I think it was my writing about this in 'Obama Nation' that started bringing attention to the Kristof interview because I think before 'Obama Nation' came out, the interview was being ignored. If he has the tape and produces the tape of Barack Obama in his own voice singing or chanting the call to prayer in Arabic, I'd say Barack Obama is about done."
Corsi added, "The problem with the Muslim education in Indonesia isn't so much that he had it, but that he lied about it because on his website, Obama's been maintaining he was never a Muslim and he'd never had Islamic instruction."
While distraction, invective and ad hominem attacks are being used in attempts to diminish Corsi's credibility, the author stands by his research and subsequent questions about Obama's background, education, religious training, Communist and socialist mentors and influences, voting record, friendships with 1960s radicals and criminals, association with black liberation theology and its proponents, and his affiliations with Islamists and Kenyan socialists.
The publicity engendered as a result of both the campaign and the mainstream media's focus on factual minutiae is prompting thousands of Americans to purchase the book, seeking information about gaps in the presidential candidate's past.
"Obama is still the same leftist radical as he was in his youth," Corsi said during our interview. "They've created this cult of personality around Obama where we're not supposed to know any of this or ask any of these questions. We're just supposed to see the Obama messiah. Well, the Obama messiah is a leftist socialist who will impose a Saul Alinsky type of redistribution of wealth upon America.
"We've got here a guy who is, in disguise, running as a black rage socialist activist trained by Saul Alinsky. And the key to Saul Alinksy's model was to not be Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman with their long hair and hippie attitudes. … He said they should cut their hair, they should shave their beards, they should get business suits, and they should run for political office. Well, that's what Obama did."
The relevant issues Corsi says Obama must explain or risk losing the election include:
Corsi reminds readers that Saul Alinsky taught organizers to hide their true intentions in the words they spoke. Alinsky had learned the old communist adage that derision would cause community audiences to laugh at their opponents, rather than listen to what their opponents were saying.
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